Kinect: A Guide to What's Hot and What's Not

With Kinect launching this week, GameSpot AU gives you the pick of the best titles for moving, shaking, bending, twisting, and dancing.

Microsoft has a lot to be pleased about at the moment, with the worldwide launch of the publisher's motion-sensing control system Kinect already making headlines after selling 1 million units globally in its first 10 days on the market.

Today, Microsoft launches the Kinect in Australia, complete with 3D depth-perception sensors, full-body control, and 15 software titles. We know that having that many games available at once can be a bit daunting, especially when dealing with a new technology. So, to make things easier, we're giving you a simple guide to the biggest Kinect games reviewed on GameSpot AU to make choosing between them easier.

Already got an Xbox 360? Then you can snap up a Kinect bundle starting today that includes a Kinect camera and Kinect Adventures for A$198. Kinect and Xbox 360 console bundles will start from A$449 and vary by retailer, so shop around.

Of the 15 Kinect titles at launch, four are from Microsoft and the rest come from third-party developers. Without further ado, here is what you can look forward to and which ones are worth your hard-earned dollars:

Kinect Adventures
GameSpot score: 7
Mini-review: This motion-based minigame collection is inconsistent, but it gives you a good excuse to start leaping and scrambling around with your new Kinect.

Fighters Uncaged
GameSpot score: 2
Mini-review: Poor motion controls and unrewarding gameplay prevent you from having any fun at all with this terrible fighting game.

Kinectimals
GameSpot score: 7.5
Mini-review: The minigames are shallow and repetitive, but Kinectimals is too lovable to stay mad at for long.

DanceMasters
GameSpot score: 6
Mini-review: Though the novel camera feature fuels some goofy fun, DanceMasters only holds lasting appeal for dedicated dance fiends.

Kinect Sports
GameSpot score: 7.5
Mini-review: This motion-controlled sports collection doesn't do much for solo players, but it's fun to play with friends both locally and online.

Dance Central
GameSpot Score: 8.5
Mini-review: Dance Central welcomes wallflowers and hot steppers out on the dance floor with great routines and engaging visuals.

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
GameSpot Score: 7
Mini-review: It's not the evolution the title leads you to believe, but this fitness product is a good first step at using Kinect as an exercise tool.

Sonic Free Riders
GameSpot Score: 4.5
Mini-review: Lousy controls hinder almost every attempt Sonic Free Riders makes at being a fun racing game.

Kinect Joy Ride
GameSpot Score: 6.5
Mini-review: This motion-controlled racer is fun, but it'd undoubtedly be better if you could play it with a regular controller.

For a full list of games that support the camera accessory, check out our Kinect Launch Centre here.

With such a wide diversity of review scores for the device's launch software, will you be picking up Microsoft's motion-sensing hardware? Tell us in the comments below!

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Discussion

25 comments
animationdragon
animationdragon

Anything above 7.5? I'm not a fan of kinect but lol thats bad!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I understand that the launch games are quite gimmicky, this was innevitable as everyone wants to try and impress by demonstrating full body control (jumping, ducking, etc), however its only a matter of time before devs begin to really learn how to get the best out of Kinect, and in my opinion the best Kinect games will be the ones that use motion sensing in a subtle manner. I am however impressed with the low latency levels, as i expected the movement delays to be substantial. Its only a matter of time before Kinect really begins to shine.

AceCometh
AceCometh

The hardware and it's capabilities are impressive. Practical application is another story. I still can't see myself buying one.

IslandBros15
IslandBros15

Looks like Kinect's third party line up isn't looking too well.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

I find it very funny that both Kinect and Move failed in delivering a quality fighting game. You'd think that boxing/fighting would be one of those things that could be executed well from what we've seen of it and they both flopped miserably. With that said, I'll be very interested in seeing how the Kinect expands beyond the casual crowd; it's high on potential but hard to imagine how easy it will be able to implement on a high level beyond what it has out now.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Phatjam98 I'm much the same with my PS3 and Wii.PS3 for hardcore and Wii for casual.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Most games I enjoy for far more than a month. I really do not want to list them all. And there are some games that I play onece in a while. AND there are just some games that seem fun played them at Gamestop and liked them, but at home the fun faded away after a short time. there are plenty of Wii games that it has happened with, just as I am sure there are Mover games that seem fun but the fun fades fast. No big deal =^)

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

Really hoping there will be some kind of Populous/Black&White-type of "god game" for the KInect, would be really awesome and perfect for the gesture-based gameplay. Hopefully Lionhead or some other studio are working on something like that!

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

And I love the idea that a "Hardcore" gamer cant be into Kinect. I am an avid WoW player, Star Craft II is my GAME!, Fallout New Vegas, Medal of Honor, Dead Rising 2, Halo Reach are also games I have and play currently. I also enjoy The Sims, Civ IV, and FF. Now get this.... I LOVE KINECT!!!! It dosn't replace my "Hardcore" games, but it is great fun all on its own. Play Kinect Adventures for an hour straight and tell me that isn't "Hardcore" LOL you will be suckin wind!(well most of us gamers would). I feel Hardcore gamer is someone that is all about gaming in every way. Not just FPS's, I feel you FPS purists have highjacked my Hardcore title. How about FPS purists, RPGers, Casual Gamers, and then Hardcore Gamers? Any other suggestions on how to break up the gamer catagories?

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Ravenlore_basic Really? Did you just ask how much fun you can have after playing a game for a month? Uhhh, what game do you play for a month and not get bored with? Sure the CoD freaks that just cant get enough of the same 5 maps, or Halo nuts that just have to get the burning skull helmet. But how many people just cant wait to play the same game day after day after day? Yes you will get bored with a Kinect game... Just like any other game ever created. Get real with these responses! LOL

NoremaC-_-
NoremaC-_-

dam and the fighting one was the only one anywhere close to hardcore

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Here is the MAIN problems with such reviews is that they play the game for a short time then write the review with the fresh fun they just had. BUT they need to play the games for over a month and then at the end are they STILL fun? How many hours can the Reviewer play before they fell the fun has run its course?

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

oh... incidentally those are games I mentioned are designed for the core gamers out there, not the casual crowd, can't wait!

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

Kinectimals and Adventures are both awesome, I like Sports but can't wait for Project Draco (Panzer Dragoon in disguise) Haunt, Operation D and the game Lionhead are working on in place of Milo and Kate... the futures bright!

IceJester45
IceJester45

Dance Central and Kinect Sports are my favorite launch titles. Project Draco, Haunt, Steel Battalion, and Codename D mean Kinect probably will have a solid 2011.

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

Dance Central was a huge hit at a recent House Party of mine. Further than that, we will have to wait and see if the Kinect gets some good games anytime soon. It's got potential, it just has to be realized.

somekool
somekool

i dont see any game coming for the traditional hardcore anytime soon. A few niche title such as Steel Battallion. but hey, hardcore gamers are gamers. they already have plenty of choice and did not need Kinect in the first place. Kinect's main target are a new breed of gamer, not the old already-satisfied one. that's what I thought at least. that said, I will welcome arms open great gaming ideas for Kinect

bennae66
bennae66

i bought 2 move controllers last week just for time crisis. yep, thats right. time crisis. it does what it needs to do tho calibration everytime is a pain. i bought kinect on launch for fitness evolved. thats right, fitness evolved. we played kinect adventures for hours last night. i can see why it gets 7 out of 10 but open your eyes a bit. kudo is a class a knob jockey indeed, but he has it right. to see it is one thing... to play kinect... amazing. absolutley amazing. now ive ordered dance central and kinect sports... move what?

aozman
aozman

man played this all night last night... parents loved it... im talking 60 year old lebanese parents who enjoy watching old arabic movies. kinect adventures and dance central are amazing... yet to play sonic.. hoping its as good as ive seen alot of neg reviews

chris9801
chris9801

I got kinect and I love it! I don't understand why sonic free riders got a bad score, the controlls DO WORK. I played that game for hours and the controlls do work. Mayby ther're doing it wrong, I've seen gameplay and the person doing it wrong. You should go though the tourials and understand the controlls before complaning.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

It is still early days. By xmas next year there will hopefully be something for the traditional hardcore to sink their teeth into. But if a person were to get one now it would probably be best to go for Dance Central over the others. It offers a well rounded entertainment package for single and multiplayer, whilst also serving as a fitness game. Great stuff.

FonikhSoupia
FonikhSoupia

Got Kinect 2 days ago and I am loving it!! Kinect Adventures and Dance Central are a blast, and Your Shape is actually working!

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

It's definintely interesting - and there's some good bundle deals on the accessory. I'd really like to try it myself before I'd buy it though. But I am definitely interested in the product, and in Kinectimals, Dance Central.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I just realized I missed almost all of these reviews. And then I realized I didn't really miss anything.

Quinzark
Quinzark

still not seeing anything which makes me want it :/